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Memorable Recipes: To Share with Family and Friends Hardcover – May 19, 2009
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Renee Behnke is the President Emeritus of Sur la Table. In her career she has had the pleasure of dining at some of the world's best restaurant and chatting with the best chefs. She has also had the joy of working for Sur la Table, a Seattle institution. Sur la Table is known for their quality ingredients and, more importantly, for the cooking classes that they offer within the store. This experience gives Ms. Behnke a unique vantage point to write a cookbook about how to cook lovely meals for family and friends.
One of the things I like about this cookbook is the fact that it contains items that are a little fancier than what most people bang out every night, but it's still accessible. There's a feeling that the authors wanted to give the reader thumbing through something to aspire to. This is a cookbook that can be used when throwing a dinner party and when making a nice weekday/weekend meal.
As an eager home chef, I'm looking forward to putting some of these recipes to the test, but with the Sur la Table name backing it, I'm expecting success. If you are looking to give this as a gift, it would make a nice housewarming or wedding gift.
There are recipes for both appetizers, with cocktail/wine ideas, as well as dishes for a formal meal, garden parties, alfresco dining. There is also a menu for a Mardi Gras Feast which is the only one that mentions a specific holiday. The rest of the menus are for a Moroccan Soiree, Celebrating Italy, An Evening in Spain, etc.
The Zucchini Fritters were wonderful. I had just pulled a wonderful zucchini from the garden and made this for dinner. The recipe calls for fresh herbs which I did not have so I substituted dried and it turned out well. Also, the Party Sangria was wonderful. I have kept that recipe as a standard now.
The Cheesecake with Rhubarb Sauce, I added strawberries to the rhubarb blend and it was delicious. The cheesecake was a little more citrusy than I'm used to but with the rhubarb sauce it complimented it well.
Overall, a great cookbook, excellent photography, wonderful recipes. Definitely a keeper. I would also recommend Perfect Recipes for Having People Over if you're looking for good recipes for a crowd.
Side dishes and other accompaniments are covered and wine suggestions as well.
It is delightfully and personably communicated with the history behind various dishes, and easy to follow instructions.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this cookbook and every time I make something from one of these recipes, be it Prosciutto pinwheels, caramelized onion tart, salad Nicoise, , goat cheese stuffed tomato on... Read morePublished 7 months ago by MM
Intelligent and thoughtful menus, fresh food in season, fabulous pictures and very nice commentary by Renee'. This cookbook will make you look smart.Published on May 18, 2010 by Laurel Coleman
It is the contention of professional trained chef Renee Behnke that good dining is made even better when conducted in the company of friends and family. Read morePublished on July 14, 2009 by Midwest Book Review